There is no other movement in sports that tests your speed, strength, and power like the Snatch or Clean & Jerk. There is also no other exerciese that has more carry-over to sports performance than the Olympic lifts. As many others before me, as soon as I tried Olympic weightlifitng I became hooked. I began training the lifts 2 days a week, within a few months began training 3 days a week, and not long after I began training full-time 5 days a week. The lifts are not only training my physical-self, but my mental strength as well. The results are astounding: I became more flexible (too my surprise), stronger, more powerful, faster, and more athletic. Maybe as important, I am loving my workouts. Sometimes, as we all know, working out can become tedious and image oriented. Olympic weightlifitng will give your workouts purpose and an opportunity to compete, against yourself and/or others in local, national, and international competitions at your age group and weight class. If you haven't already, give Olympic weightlifting a chance, and you might find your new passion or hobby just like I did.
Varna, Bulgaria 1978
NASM-CPT/GFS, USAW Sports Performance Coach
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. -Hebrews 12:11
History of Bulgarian Weightlifting
Other than for it’s amazing feta cheese and good wine, Bulgaria wasn’t a very well known country, especially on the world sports stage. But all of that changed in 1969, a year after a disappointing showing in the Olympic games held in Mexico when the governing body appointed Ivan Abadjiev as it’s new head national coach. Three years later at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Bulgarian lifters won 3 gold medals and 3 silver medals. This medal count was duplicated in the following 1976 Olympic games in Montreal and increased to 8 medals in the 1980 Olympic games in Moscow, and thus the legend was born.
Over a two decade span of time, the Bulgarian weightlifting team dominated the sport, winning 9 Olympic gold medals, 64 European Championships, and an amazing 57 World Championships and became simply the greatest team in weightlifting history.
When asked what makes a champion, Abadjiev simply said, "Will power."
To continue the weightlifting traditions of Bulgaria, the Bulgarian Barbell Club aims to bring people together with the shared appreciation for Olympic lifting, helping them to feel strong and to develop the competitive athlete within each of them. Whether it's simply to improve health and fitness, or to compete in athletic competition, developing strength and discipline are core values of the Bulgarian Barbell Club.